What a Hike Taught Me

12 Mar

I have to admit that I struggle sometimes with writing. I know–obvious right? Just look at the sporadic nature of my posts lately. I find that I want to try to convey some deep or great spiritual truth that has been realized in my life (or at least something I see the Lord working on in my heart.)

But the problem with that is that sometimes I can’t quite form the thoughts into words yet. Sometimes it’s just the day to day stuff going on in my life.

And as I think about where I want this blog to go, I think it’s good to write about the day to day things even when I don’t find some great spiritual transformation to share with you all.

So back to the title, “What a Hike Taught Me.” My church recently purchased some property which in the future will become the site of our church home, Lord willing. As the weather gets warmer we will spend time having various activities on that land. Last Saturday we had a bonfire and smores night.

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Don’t worry the hike to the bonfire wasn’t anything at all like the picture above. But it seemed like it could have been to me!!!

The site of the bonfire was a quarter mile walk. For me, even a quarter mile walk on flat paved land isn’t so easy. This walk was wooded and uneven, half of it going downhill into a little gully before rising again to a level area that had been prepared for the fire by some men in our church. 

It was difficult. Very difficult for me. It took Robert nearly pulling me up the hill to do it. Plus, I was sore to the point I could barely move for two whole days afterward. And man did people look at me like I was a crazy lady when they saw me top the hill!!!

But the hike did teach me some things.

It taught me that I could still do it. It’s easy to live with my weakness and just assume that I can’t do something. And it’s very easy to assume that I can’t do something if the thought of doing it scares me. It did a world of good for my mind to know that there are still things I can do.

It taught me that I still need to push myself. It’s easy to lull myself into thinking that a day of cleaning my house is pushing myself. But in reality, that isn’t pushing myself at this point. It’s just being normal.

It taught me that pushing myself like that helps keep the “victim mentality” at bay. It keeps the “woe is me mentality” out of my head. It helps me focus on the right things, the right attitudes, the right thoughts.

Pushing ourselves harder and doing things that are uncomfortable are healthy things. We all know this to be true in normal everyday life. Those who push themselves and get out of their comfort zones are the ones who achieve great things. Those who stay with the status quo and offer excuses for not doing things that make them uncomfortable stay right where they are at best. Most likely though they move backwards.

I don’t want to be one of those status quo people in life and especially not in my illness. I don’t want to sit on the sideline and not participate in something like seeing the new church property because I am afraid I won’t be able to do it. I want to be continually pushing myself until it’s physically impossible.

If you are not doing something because it’s tough or it seems a bit scary, let me encourage you to reconsider giving yourself that little extra push to make something happen. It may still be tough and it may still be scary, but at the very least you’ll learn something about yourself or your situation. And you may actually achieve something you didn’t think you could. I know what I just wrote sounds really cheesy and very “motivational speaker-esque.” I am even rolling my eyes and thinking “c’mon” as I write it. But climbing that hill really did help me. And I think getting out of your comfort zone could help you, too!

 

4 Responses to “What a Hike Taught Me”

  1. Austin March 12, 2014 at 5:11 pm #

    Excellent. Always very proud of you

  2. Teri March 12, 2014 at 6:00 pm #

    I enjoyed reading this, Kelli. You could never be considered a status quo person!!! Thanks for the inspiration. I needed that today.

  3. Jillian March 12, 2014 at 6:44 pm #

    Great Post! You are ways a huge encouragement!

  4. Val March 12, 2014 at 7:30 pm #

    I have to agree with Teri… You could never be considered a status quo person!!! you are doing great… and thanks for this well written article. I am very proud of you!!

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